Although the lockdown has hindered many things, there are fun ideas you can try to successfully celebrate the paternal figures in your life.
Father’s Day is just around the corner, a day of honouring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influences of fathers in society. With the ongoing pandemic, coming up with ideas to celebrate must be a challenge.
Following are five fun ideas for celebrating Father’s Day during lockdown:
- Breakfast in bed
Breakfast in bed is the traditional go-to for practically any special occasion, from Valentine’s Day to birthdays. It is simple and easy to achieve.
Whether it’s a full English breakfast or yoghurt with muesli and fresh fruit, lay down the spread on a tea tray, with a placemat or tea towel underneath, use your best bowls and cutlery.
Finally, add a vase of flowers and your kid’s homemade Father’s Day cards to finish the look.
- Pub quiz
If competitiveness runs in your father’s genes, perhaps you have aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws who are exactly the same.
Channel your competitive energy into a Pub Quiz in honour of dad, using Zoom or Google Meets, to host the family together. There are tonnes of templates available with quiz questions online, or you can make up your own.
A fun element to add is a scavenger hunt. Include a round where entrants have to search their homes for a list of random items (such as a musical instrument, something yellow, workout equipment, etc.), those who find them first get bonus points.
- Game night
It’s time to whip out old favourites like 30 Seconds, Pictionary and Scrabble for a family game night. Since it’s dad’s special day, let him pick the games, even if it is a round or two on the Xbox.
Create a leaderboard tallying everyone’s score and heighten the stakes by allocating prizes for different categories.
Ranging from the usual titles like “Overall Winner” to funnier one’s like “The First Person To Throw Their Cards On The Floor” during Monopoly or a card game, you’ll have lots of fun whether you win or lose.
- Backyard Camping
A cosy fire, the sounds of nature and a sky full of stars, backyard camping can be just as fun and adventure-filled as the real thing. Since it’s probably been a while since your last campout, use this time to put that gear to good use.
In the comfort of your garden, (or balcony if you don’t have one) set up a tent to relax in, play music, bring board games outside to play on a blanket, build a fire on the braai and toast marshmallows. If you don’t have a tent, a makeshift one using sheets propped up by random objects will work just as well.
It’s the perfect way to celebrate as a family without all the admin of a camping trip.
- Beer tasting
Is your dad a huge fan of beer, wine, or whisky? Plan a tasting evening where he gets to taste a variety of different alcohols by his favourite brand.
Do a little research and prepare key cards with a few notes detailing the different flavours, aromas and colours as well as some other interesting facts he may enjoy.
Be sure to find out which foods to accompany your chosen beverage best, as you’ll need to pair the alcohol with something. Lager beers go down a treat with shellfish and spicy food whereas dark chocolate, grilled steaks and cheeses suit whisky best.
However, whichever way you choose to celebrate, do so mindfully and in accordance with the level 3 lockdown regulations.